Blue Hanger 11th Limited Release

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
45.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Oct 2014 11:32 am by WhiskyLovingPianist

Average value

€ 103,99

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16 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Blue Hanger 11th Limited Release

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, fine smoke, sherry, freshness, oak and lemon, very pleasant on the nose!
    • Nose
      malty sweetness, velvety grassy (cold soup), then the smoke appears with a fine peaty return.
      a little vanilla, fresh fruit, malty delicacy.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    Blue Hanger is a blended malt from Berry Bros & Rudd with an ironclad reputation (I can hardly believe I have never tried this before). It was named after William Hanger who, always dressed in blue, was a regular customer at BBR in London. This 11th Release, from 2014, is a vatting of 8 casks: 4 hogsheads, 3 sherry butts and 1 puncheons. It contains both peated and unpeated Bunnahabhain. Let us get to it!

    White fruit, marzipan, something floral and some plasticine. That is this nose in a nutshell. It has a mild smoky side that I really like. It reminds me a bit of Ardmore in that regard. Some sour cream and yellow apples and… do not laugh… superglue.

    On the palate, the sweetness comes first, then the smoke. Again mostly apples, but also a slice of lemon. The smoke develops slowly but surely. Very controlled, I must say. It has something chalky, as if I have a small rock in my mouth. Becomes sweeter all the time. A tad too much to my taste, actually. Hint of mocha and coffee beans.

    In the short finish, the smoke returns on a creamy fruitiness.

    I am not sure why this one is so praised. It did not really tock my boat. Do not get me wrong, this is a very fine blended malt. But many people told me this was heavenly. I beg to differ. Around 115 EUR.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Blue Hanger '11th Release' (45.6%, Berry Bros & Rudd, 2014) Regrettably, I cannot try all releases of the famous Blue Hanger, but let’s have this eleventh one, a much lighter version – lighter in colour, that is. Colour: white wine. Nose: indeed, exit the sherry and the roundness, this is a fresh, rather light and yet firmly fruity and floral malt, with a waxy/oily backbone. Apples, greengages, acacia honey, a drop of ale, a drop of Muscat, dandelions… I like this freshness a lot. I’ve had some Teaninichs that were a bit like this. Mouth: firmer, fatter and even smokier/earthier than expected. A little brine, apple juice, limejuice, plums and a few very fresh almonds. Finish: quite long and rather peaty. Smoked gooseberries? Comments: a very solid, fresh and crystalline composition. Not the usual Blue Hanger. SGP:544 - 85 points.

  4. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      White fruit, marzipan, floral, nutty, smoky
    • Taste
      Fruity (apples, lemons), smoky, chalky, mocca, coffee
    • Finish
      Rather short, smoky, fruity

  6. The Whisky Cyclist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a very balanced nice whisky
    • Nose
      Fruity notes with a little smoke, sweet apples
    • Taste
      First sweet, citrus, glue
    • Finish
      Again smoke, citrus, bitter, agave, long shy smokiness

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    First tasting [Oct '14]

    N: Simple floral malt with hints of perfumed peat

    T: Chalky and flat showing mainly grain sweetness - dull overall

    F: A sugary, creamy, light finish

    C: Neither terrible nor eventful. Sadly the Blue Hanger series is a shadow of its predecessors - releases 2 & 3, both of which carried impressive age statements and a performance to match. Since 2008 Blue Hanger is a blended NAS series with falling performance year on year.

    Scores a C

    Second tasting [Dec '14]N: Sherry, toffee, creamy sour cream and oaky.

    T: Sweet and fizzy. Choc raisins, a touch of prune sherry, sugary oak, old Batternburg cake, soggy triffle sponge [with the sherry now gone], a touch of match=peat and waxy licourice. Nice rich mahogany wood on show in the middle but overall it becomes way too saccharine and cloying

    F: Those sugars go on and on and remain steady. Soft green wood immerges when the sugars finally fade. Mellow sugar malt endures.

    C: After a good nose, what you get after is simple and fizzy. Not popular at a well attended tasting.

    Scores a C+


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